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Remembering Brayden Eidenshink one year after he passed away

Houchin Community Blood Bank hosting fundraiser Thursday
Posted: 6:38 PM, Nov 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 21:37:59-05

BAKERSFIELD, CA. — This Thursday, marks one year since Brayden Eidenshink passed away following a life-long battle with his health. A year of grieving for Brenda Eidenshink -- living without her son.

"I miss the fight to keep him alive. I miss his voice, I miss him yelling 'I need you, my belly hurts.' I miss absolutely everything about him," said Eidenshink.

Brayden's fight started at just 12 days old when he had his first heart surgery. But it didn't stop there.

Brayden was on a heart transplant list for nearly four and a half years. Last October, he finally found a match. But Brayden faced complications following the heart transplant and passed away less than a month later.

Now Brayden's family finds purpose in keeping his memory alive.

"He said, 'mom, if I die, I don't want to be forgotten.' So that is our mission is. Not let him be forgotten," said Eidenshink.

On the anniversary of his death Thursday, Houchin Blood Bank is hosting a fundraiser in honor of Brayden. Money raised will go toward the Nobody Fights Alone Foundation.

The non-profit provides financial assistance to Kern County families with sick children.

During the ' Burgers for Brayden ' event, you can drive through Houchin Blood Bank on Bolthouse Drive to grab a burger lunch for $10. Food will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you'd like to order 5 or more lunches, you're asked to pre-order by texting 661-809-8615.